Vault Law Editors

Vault’s Law Blog covers news and trends relating to legal careers. Law Blog contributors offer insights on the legal industry and provide career advice for law students, attorneys, and JDs.

Contributors have included:

  • Matt Moody: Matt is the current Law Editor at Vault. Prior to joining Vault, Matt worked as a litigator at two Vault 100 law firms. Matt has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BS in Journalism from the University of Florida.
  • Vera Djordjevich: Vera is currently the Director of Research & Consulting at Vault. A former litigator, she holds degrees from New York University School of Law and Stanford University.
  • Nicole Weber: Nicole is a legal recruiting professional and previously worked as an associate at a large New York firm. Nicole has a JD from Georgetown Law and a BA from Williams College.
  • Rachel Marx Boufford: Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm. Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.
  • Mary Kate Sheridan: Mary Kate holds a JD from Columbia Law School and a BA in English from Mary Washington College. Mary Kate is a writer, editor and attorney, who previously worked as a litigation associate at a large law firm.
  • Brian Dalton: Brian received a JD from Fordham Law School and a BA in History from Middlebury College. Following law school, Brian worked as an associate at a New York City law firm.

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Smiley Faces and Unicorns and Other Survey Outtakes

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 12, 2012

Next week, Vault will release its 2013 Law 100 Rankings. To whet your appetite for the rankings-which contain some interesting shake-ups-we've compiled some of the "outtakes" from this year's survey. The comments we get from our survey are what make the Vault Guide so widely used-law students and laterals take associates' opinions seriously. Still, when you have nearly 17,000 associates taking a survey, you're going to come across some responses that are a little… quirky. Let's take a look... Read More >

Women Legal 2012

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 08, 2012

An inspiring group of leaders spoke passionately and candidly about gender diversity in the legal industry at the 5th Annual Women Legal Conference yesterday in New York. Conference participants heard from women partners, general counsels and other industry experts on the state of women in law, the strengths and weaknesses of traditional diversity programming, implicit biases in the workplace and strategies for getting and retaining power as a woman lawyer. For those who weren't able to... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Equal Justice Works

by Vault Law Editors  |  June 05, 2012

Kerry O'Brien, Director of Federal Programs and Strategic Initiatives at Equal Justice Works Kerry O'Brien has devoted her entire career to increasing access to justice for the neediest individuals and families. After attending law school at Georgetown University, Kerry was an Equal Justice Works Fellow at Bread for the City, a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. that provides vulnerable individuals with food, clothing, medical care and legal and social services. Just two years out of law... Read More >

Acing Your Law Firm Summer: Handling Work Assignments

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 30, 2012

By now, many of you have started as summer associates at law firms. You've met your fellow summers and some of the associates and partners, lunched at a couple of fancy restaurants and, hopefully, started on your first assignment. That first assignment can be incredibly intimidating. After all, for most of us, it's the first time we've ever produced work product that a real, live lawyer will be evaluating. Even more frightening is the possibility that the memo, email or document we create... Read More >

How to Succeed as a Summer Associate—What You Need to Know

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 24, 2012

This week, an incredible panel of experts provided us with insider advice on how to succeed as a summer associate. Our panelists-Donna Gerson, a business etiquette expert, Wendy Siegel, Director of Recruitment and Marketing at NYU Law, and Charlotte Wager, Chief Talent Officer of Jenner & Block-answered some of the most common (and difficult) questions summer associates have. For example, did you know that: The most important question you should ask when meeting with a partner or... Read More >

The Downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf: Blame it on the (Lack of) Transparency?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 21, 2012

Last week, we took a look back at the five-year history of Dewey & LeBoeuf, the once behemoth law firm which now teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. While not the first law firm to fail-Heller Ehrman, Thelen, and most recently Howrey have also folded over the past four years-Dewey's dissolution will be the largest in law firm history. How did such a large organization fail beyond repair? Most observers agree that the firm was severely mismanaged. But on top of that, Dewey suffered from... Read More >

The Downfall of Dewey & LeBoeuf: An Abridged Guide

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 17, 2012

For the past two months, the media coverage of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf's collapse has been near constant. With everyone from Above the Law to the New York Times getting in on the story-and  a Dewey Departure Tracker provided by AmLaw Daily-lawyers, law students and laymen alike have been on the edge of their seats watching the disaster unfold. The Times began its coverage of t Read More >

Summer Associates: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 10, 2012

Final exams are wrapping up, and it's time to get ready for a twelve-week long interview-also known as the summer associate program. Being a summer associate is certainly fun-get ready for delicious meals and enough activities to rival any sleepaway camp. But unless you've worked at a law firm before, you're also likely to run into lots of new situations where the appropriate behavior might not be clear. Want to test your summer associate IQ? See if you can answer the following... Read More >

What’s the Buzz on This Year’s Top Ten Law Firms?

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 08, 2012

It's almost that time of year again-next month, Vault will release its rankings for the Top 100 law firms of 2013. Each year, we ask our respondents to share their opinions about firms other than their own; we call this "the Buzz." In our firm profiles, we select quotes which are both fair (i.e., representative of the most common respondent opinions) and balanced (usually, this means two positive and two negative quotes).  For your amusement, here's a look at some of the current Buzz on... Read More >

Pro Bono Work Now Mandatory for Bar Admission in New York

by Vault Law Editors  |  May 02, 2012

Yesterday, New York Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced that lawyers seeking admission to the state bar will be required to perform 50 hours of pro bono work before being licensed to practice. The move-which will make New York the first state to implement this type of requirement on lawyers before they are licensed-was made in an attempt to increase free legal services to those in need, especially in cases involving foreclosures, unemployment insurance, health care, and domestic... Read More >